CHARLESTON, S.C. (Jan. 30, 2016) - World Football Academy USA’s first webinar, “Football-Specific Fitness,” among an ongoing series focusing on soccer periodization is available for streaming at a special US Club Soccer discount.
This webinar, recorded for US Club Soccer’s Players First initiative, features world-renowned periodization expert Raymond Verheijen, who explains: football-specific fitness, the importance it plays in the periodization model and why it is crucial for successful player development.
Coaches and staff may watch the webinar here and use WFAUSCLUB1 to access for only $5 (standard retail price is $15). This rate is valid until Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. ET.
The second webinar, titled “Training Better Instead of More,” will be next in the series. Coaches are encouraged to sign up for the priority waitlist to be notified as soon as each webinar in the series becomes available. More information will be released on usclubsoccer.org in the coming days.
World Football Academy USA joined US Club Soccer as a Players First partner in September 2015 to advance the Coaching Development pillar. Raymond Verheijen, founder of the World Football Academy and world-renowned periodization expert, is leading the series, which introduces key periodization principles.
“We are delighted to support the Players First initiative and to welcome US Club Soccer as a national partner for our Youth Periodization program,” Verheijen said. “For each and every player to be able reach their full potential, they must be supported by progressive, forward-thinking organizations. We look forward to working with US Club Soccer to raise the bar of soccer in the U.S.”
Verheijen has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and sport psychology, and has worked with multiple professional teams including Barcelona, Chelsea, the Feyenoord Academy and Manchester City. At the international level, he is the only coach to have worked with teams at each of the last eight World Cups or EUROS - Holland (Euro 2000, 2004), South Korea (FIFA World Cup 2002, 2006 and 2010), Russia (Euro 2008 and 2012) and Argentina (FIFA World Cup Final 2014).
Christian Lavers, US Club Soccer’s Executive Vice President, pointed to benefits beyond just coaching education and development. “Aligning with the world leaders in soccer periodisation will give our clubs the opportunity to remain at the forefront of revolutionizing soccer in the United States,” Lavers said. “It helps players maximize their potential and performance, while minimizing injury risk as much as possible.”
US Club Soccer launched Players First in August 2015 to provide a holistic club soccer experience allowing every player to reach his or her full potential. Players First – which features a suite of best-in-class resources for clubs, coaches, parents and players – is based on five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
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